Features Of UNSC Resolution On Afghan Assistance

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24 December 2021 Current Affairs:The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed a resolution on December 22, 2021, allowing for sanctions exemptions against the Taliban.


  • The exemptions are intended to make humanitarian aid delivery to Afghanistan easier.
  • It covers urgent humanitarian assistance and other activities in Afghanistan to meet basic human needs.
  • It will primarily benefit low-income or at-risk populations, as well as alleviate human suffering in other ways.
  • Among the services and activities provided are:
  • Assistance with finding a home and settling in
  • Food safety is important.
  • Support for education and livelihood
  • Energy and Water Sanitation, as well as Health, Nutrition, and Hygiene, including COVID-related assistance.

UNSC Resolution 2615

  • The UNSC resolution requires a six-month review of the exemptions. It also encourages assistance providers to make every effort to prevent benefits from flowing to entities on the 1988 Sanctions List.
  • It also asks for an Emergency Relief Coordinator to report to the UN Security Council every six months on the delivery of assistance. 
  • It urged all parties to adhere to international humanitarian law and respect human rights.
  • In light of the fact that half of Afghanistan’s population is suffering from acute food insecurity, India has backed the UNSC resolution to exempt Afghanistan from sanctions. 


  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the UN’s six main organs (UN). Its mission is to maintain international peace and security.
  • In addition to recommending new UN members for admission to the UN General Assembly, the body also approves any changes to the UN Charter.
  • It has the authority to set up peacekeeping missions, authorize military action, and impose international sanctions.

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